Pre GCA 68
Being an old codger, I remember fondly my experiences with guns during the 60s. One of my Dads buddies owned the local gunshop and I was always welcome there. I bought a S&W kit gun .22 (with Dad's OK of course) from him when I turned 13. I mowed many lawns to save up the $50 or so it cost me.
During the early 60s, Dad always had something gun related coming through the mail - guns as well as supplies. As we lived in Minnesota, we made a junket down to Waseca to visit Herters a few times a year - what a cool place. For you younger folks - it's a shame times have changed so much as guns weren't always looked at as the source of all evil...